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Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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These easy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are the perfect fall treat! They’re loaded with pumpkin flavor and chocolate chips that’s sure to be a hit with all of your family and friends.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

It’s that time of year again when the leaves start to change color, the air gets a little crisper, and pumpkin spice everything starts appearing on store shelves.

If you’re looking for a delicious way to get in on the autumn season, look no further than these easy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

They’re moist and fluffy with just the right amount of spices, and the chocolate chips add a touch of sweetness.

Plus, they’re really easy to make, and can be stored in the freezer. So you can make a batch ahead of time and pull them out when you need them.

Perfect for a fall brunch or breakfast.

Ingredients

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ingredients for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins - flour, sugar, milk, chocolate chips, pumpkin puree, egg, oil, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice

This recipe makes enough for 12 muffins.

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  • baking supplies: 2 cups self-rising flour, 1 cup granulated sugar
  • spices: 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • chocolate chips: 1¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips – we’ll use some in the batter and some to sprinkle on top of the muffins
  • flavoring: 1 teaspoon vanilla extra
  • canned goods: 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • oil: ½ cup canola oil
  • dairy: ½ cup milk
  • eggs: 1 large egg

Substitutions

  • If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can use 2 cups all-purpose flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder.
  • For a slightly more caramel flavor, substitute 1 cup brown sugar for the granulated sugar.
  • If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can make your own by combining ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger and 1/8 teaspoon allspice.
  • Milk chocolate, dark chocolate or even white chocolate chips can be used instead of the semi-sweet ones.
  • You can steam and puree fresh pumpkin instead of the canned pumpkin puree if you prefer.
  • The canola oil can be replaced by any other mild flavored vegetable oil, or ½ cup melted butter.

How to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in a muffin tin in front of a bowl of chocolate chips

Prep work

Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Place 12 paper liners in a 12-hole muffin tin and set aside.

Stir the dry ingredients

flour, sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a white mixing bowl

Add 2 cups self-rising flour, 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice to a large bowl. 

Stir with a spoon until well combined and set aside.

Mix the wet ingredients

pumpkin puree, oil, milk, egg and vanilla mixed in a white bowl

Add 1 cup pumpkin puree, ½ cup oil, ½ cup milk, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl. 

Mix with a mixer on medium speed until all ingredients are well combined.

Or mix by hand with a spoon if you prefer.

Combine the wet and dry mixtures

pumpkin chocolate chip muffin batter in a bowl

Add the flour mixture into the bowl with the pumpkin mixture.

Mix just until combined to prevent the muffins from coming out tough.

Adding the dry ingredients into the wet ones (rather than the other way around) helps to prevent clumps of flour from forming and minimizes the amount of mixing required to combine them.

With a spoon, gently stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips. Again, don’t mix too much or the muffins will not turn out as well.

Spoon into the muffin tin

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in a muffin tin before baking

Divide the muffin batter equally between the paper liners.

Using an ice cream scoop is the easiest way I have found for getting the right amount of batter cleanly into each liner.

Scatter the remaining ¼ cup of chocolate chips over the tops of the muffins.

Bake

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in a muffin tin after baking

Bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched. 

You can also insert a toothpick into the center of the muffin which should come out clean when they are done.

Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely in the tins.

Serving

Overhead picture of a tin of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins with one out of the tin

While the recipe suggests letting these muffins cool completely, they are also delicious eaten while still warm fresh out of the oven.  Just allow to cool for 10 minutes before eating.

As with all muffins, these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins taste their absolute best on the day they are baked.

Close up of 6 chocolate chip pumpkin muffins in a muffin tin

Storage

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Or freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 months.  Then defrost at room temperature before eating.

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4 pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in a muffin tin

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Wanda Simone
Made with pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are loaded with all the fall flavors you could ask for. Perfect for an autumn breakfast or brunch.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins

Equipment

  • 1 12-hole muffin tin
  • 12 paper liners
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 mixer with a large mixing bowl
  • 1 large spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place 12 paper liners in a 12 hole muffin tin and set aside.
  • Add the flour, sugar and pumpkin pie spice to a large bowl. Stir until well combined and set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl, add the pumpkin puree, oil, milk, egg and vanilla extract. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Add the flour mixture to the bowl. Mix until just combined.
  • Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
  • Divide the muffin batter between the paper liners.
  • Scatter the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips over the muffins.
  • Bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before removing from the muffin tin.

Notes

  • If you don’t have paper liners, spray your muffin tin with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • I find using a cookie scoop makes it easy to scoop the muffin batter into the paper liners.
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